- Today one of the independent websites published the full document sent by the International Secretary to the National Secretaries and Lodges communicating the list of candidates and the procedure for conducting the election for the International President. Obviously, one of the recipients of the document provided it to the website.
The document is not a secret one and meant to lay down the election process. If an independent website can publish it in two days, would it not have been wise for the Adyar administration just upload it to its website. One wonders what prevented from doing it.
While century old rules may not say anything about publishing it on the website (when the rules were written, the authors could not foresee today’s Internet) why no initiate was taken by those officers responsible for administration in Adyar?
To a member such inaction shows something fundamentally wrong with the process and seem to indicate that they don’t seem to care about quick dissemination of information to all dues paying members around the world. With such lack of sensitiveness, how do you expect to motivate members to support TS and Adyar?
It is time someone start thinking about the communication issue where TS is far behind the curve.
- We all witnessed the saga of the recent Election of the President and its outcome. Anyone who is not uptodate can browse the messages on theos-talk to bring themselves current.
The members of the General Council (highest governing body) exploited the street smart policy of silence to hold back critical information from voters. In addition, there were complaints going back to 1980 about election irregularities in the Indian Section.
In the recent election the allegations about the conduct of election in India were not hear say. It was backed up with voters willing to personally vouch for the allegations. Now, it appears a spin is going on to label the allegations as unsubstantiated and unsubstantiable.
TS is a democratic body with dues paying members all over the world. Democratic elections are very easy to conduct and there is no need for TS bureaucrats or scholars to reinvent the wheel. The protection against any irregularity in election is very simple. Full transparency starting from the election rolls to final tallying of votes. Now all of that is shrouded in secrecy and provide the potential for mischief.
Some of the leaders may be talking about fixing the problem, which is very simple as stated above. The question is whether the General Secretaries are willing to give up the current control they have over the process with obvious loopholes due to lack of transparency and surely they enjoy.
Any tinkering at the edges of the current broken system to whitewash and trying to convince members they have fixed the process is not going to cut it.
Let us see if the TS leaders will follow up their talk with the walk. I hope the vocal organizational supporters will join in this effort to bring transparency to the election..MKR